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POEA accepting applications for nurses in Germany

Jan 04, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The central and regional offices of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration will be accepting applications until February 28

Sondos Al-Qattan 'should be blacklisted' as foreign employer – PH commission

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Commission on Filipinos Overseas Undersecretary Astravel Pimenetel-Naik says the Kuwaiti social media influencer should be included in the POEA's 'list of undesirable foreign employers'

A BLACK MARK. The Commission for Filipinos Overseas says Sondos Al-Qattan should be blacklisted as a potential employer. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Ban Kuwait celebrity from hiring Filipinos, says OFW group

Jul 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Kuwait social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan draws flak for slamming the Kuwaiti government's policy to give rest days to Filipino domestic workers

BLACKLIST. OFW group Blas F. Ople Policy Center urges the Philippine government to include Kuwaiti social media celebrity Sondos Al Qattan in its list of undesirable employers. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Applications open for nursing jobs in Germany

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:44 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The employer will pay the visa and airfare from the Philippines to Germany and will assist the employee to find a suitable accommodation

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Demafelis' alleged recruiter may still face charges – POEA

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration says Agnes Tuballes could be held liable for referring slain worker Joanna Demafelis to the recruitment agency

ILLEGAL. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia says Agnes Tuballas may face illegal recruitment charges. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'A national shame': The death and homecoming of Joanna Demafelis

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:07 AM

In May 2014, Joanna Demafelis left for Kuwait to help secure a better future for her family. She comes home in a box nearly 4 years later.

After OFW deaths, DOLE creates command center for abuse cases

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Reporting mechanisms will be strengthened after Filipino labor officials in Kuwait failed to take action when domestic helper Joanna Demafelis was first reported missing

ORDER. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered the creation of a command center that will respond to cases of abuse to OFWs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Kuwait only 'partially compliant' but rules allowed deployment – POEA

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Senators question why the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait persisted even though the Gulf country was rated as only 'partially' labor-compliant. Labor officials say the rules allow this.

RULES. POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said they only follow the Department of Foreign Affairs' go-signal on where to deploy OFWs, as he appeared in a Senate probe on the death of OFWs in Kuwait on February 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will stop processing and issuing overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers while the deaths of 7 OFWs are being investigated

POEA resumes OEC processing for Filipino workers

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Overseas employment certificates will now be processed after a 15-day suspension that had been prompted by reports of irregularities

OEC. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has lifted the suspension of the processing of overseas employment certificate. AFP file photo

DOLE suspends issuance of OECs for Filipino workers

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the suspension from November 13 to December 1 is due to reports of illegal recruitment and corruption in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines

Oct 05, 2017 - 11:46 PM

Here's how OFWs can spot and avoid illegal recruitment activity

How much does it cost to work abroad?

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Here's what OFWs and their employers need to pay

What you need to know about your overseas employment contract

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The overseas employment contract is a form of offsite protection for OFWs

Rappler Talk: Emerging opportunities for OFWs under Duterte administration

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Labor Undersecretary Bernard Olalia talks about new opportunities and other emerging markets for OFWs

Are zero placement fees for OFWs scam or solution?

Sep 10, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Many migrant workers go into huge debt to pay placement fees just so they can work abroad. But some labor rights groups and companies say workers should not have to pay for a job.

BAGONG BAYANI. In this photo, a man stands outside The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City. OFWs are also referred to as the Philippines' "bagong bayani" (new heroes). Photo by LeAnne Jazul

100,000 jobs for Filipinos to be available in Japan – DOLE

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:50 PM



Among the possible jobs to be opened in Japan are for nurses engineers and architects

#OFWRights: Align OFWs' repatriation with PH economic plans – experts

Sep 03, 2017 - 1:00 PM

In the 2016 elections Duterte received overwhelming support from OFWs – majority of whom voted for him on his promise to make working abroad an option instead of a necessity

JOB SEARCH. OFWs search for jobs online inside POEA.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Free OFW ID launched; DOLE yet to issue guidelines

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration clarifies that no IDs will be distributed until after guidelines are issued

OFW ID. Sample OFW ID card launched Wednesday, July 12. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

DOLE’s OFW ID to replace employment certificate, passport

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The ID for OFWs is set to be launched this July 12

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Philippines lifts moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 15, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Philippine labor attaché David Dicang says the situation in Qatar has normalized

SITUATION NORMALIZED. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III lifts the moratorium on OFW deployment to Qatar. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Malacañang

DOLE urged to lift suspension of OFW deployment to Qatar

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The suspension order is premature as the government has not completed a formal assessment of the situation in Qatar says ACTS OFW Representative Aniceto Bertiz III

MIGRANTS. Thousands of OFWs based in Qatar gather as President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for his state visit. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

Bello looks into alleged corruption in POEA

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say says a division in POEA has fixers who extort money from OFWs who want government permission to be hired directly

CORRUPTION? Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III is currently looking into an alleged corruption in POEA involving fixers that extort money from OFWs. Photo from POEA Facebook Page

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Jan 03, 2017 - 12:29 PM

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How Duterte gov't cared for OFWs in first 100 days

Oct 07, 2016 - 12:06 AM

In his campaign Duterte promised to make OFW concerns his top labor priority Did he live up to his promise?

Au pairs: Different lists, one destination

Aug 18, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Checking if an au pair agency is operating legally can be quite tricky

One-stop service center for OFWs opens for business

Aug 15, 2016 - 11:19 AM

The one stop service center is now ready to serve as many as 2000 to 3000 OFWs everyday

One Stop Service Center

PH to be test country for ILO's fair recruitment project

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The United Nations labor agency selects the Philippines as a pilot country for its program on establishing a model against illegal recruitment

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. Overseas Filipino workers have fallen to the trap of illegal recruiters due to the government's slow processing of their documents. Photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

Pre-employment seminar now mandatory for OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:21 PM

The Pre Employment Orientation Seminar PEOS is the government s online tool against illegal recruitment and for OFW safety in their host countries

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SEMINAR. Enhancements to the PEOS website was presented to the media on Thursday, June 16, at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Aquino and the continuing plight of OFWs

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Benigno Aquino III promised OFWs that at the end of his administration working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity Did he deliver?

How did President Benigno Aquino III address the needs of overseas Filipino workers in the past 6 years? Photo of Aquino by the Malacañang Photo Bureau, photo of OFWs by AFP

DFA Robinsons soon exclusive for OFWs

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:38 AM

The DFA is also offering a courtesy lane exclusively for migrant workers as a way of giving importance to OFWs

OFW SERVICES. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose says the DFA is extending new services to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) applying for passports. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Husband seeks help for ‘abused’, jailed OFW in Saudi Arabia

May 27, 2016 - 7:26 PM

Aside from the physical abuses the victim also complains of not being regularly paid her wages

OFW remittances hit $2.7 billion in March 2016

May 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Meanwhile remittances for the first quarter of the year reach 7 2 billion – higher than the same period last year

OFW remittances grow, hit $2.3B in February

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Remittance flow is higher by 6 1 so far in 2016 says the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

POEA slaps P3.6-M fine on recruitment agency

Apr 01, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Al Masiya Overseas Placement Agency Incorporated will pay the hefty fine for failing to heed the repatriation requests of 8 OFWs it had deployed to parts of the Middle East the POEA says

FINED. Al-Masiya Overseas Placement Agency, Incorporated faces several violations of the 2002 POEA Rules and Rugulations

OFW remittances in December hit record high at $2.7B

Feb 20, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Although potential layoffs threaten the Saudi labor market OFW remittances last December surge by 4 9

RECORD HIGH. The continued deployment of skilled OFWs remains a key factor to the growth in remittance inflows, BSP says

How to report cases of human trafficking

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:42 PM

The deception illegal transfer and abuse of Filipinos simply looking for better opportunities in the city and abroad are realities that we cannot ignore

NATIONWIDE THREAT. The promise of better jobs via illegal recruitment usually lures victims of human trafficking. Rappler file image.

Remittances flat in October

Dec 15, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Cash remittances sent by Overseas Filipinos are slightly up to 3 7 in the first 10 months of 2015 BSP says

UNCHANGED. BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. says the amount of cash remitted by overseas Filipinos was almost unchanged at $2.23 billion in October from $2.29 billion in the same month last year.

POEA reiterates only OFWs with multinationals can return to these 9 countries

Dec 14, 2015 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED POEA reminds Filipinos employed by multinational companies or companies with international operations in Afghanistan Chad Cuba Haiti Mali Mauritania Niger Somalia and Zimbabwe that they can come home for the holidays and go back to their jobs after

TICKET TO WORK. Overseas Filipino workers applying for their overseas employment certificates through the POEA's Balik Manggagawa Online Processing System. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

POEA chief to presidential bets: Help OFWs innovate

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:00 PM

POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac says the next president should have a strong stance in pushing the OFW agenda

POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac wants presidential candidates to consider improvements in electronic systems for OFWs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov't eases requirements for exit passes of OFWs in Italy

Dec 06, 2015 - 11:25 AM

Good news for 180 000 OFWs in Italy the DOLE is easing requirements for those wishing to return to Manila over the holidays

What you need to know about overseas Filipino workers

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:32 PM

December is the Month of Overseas Filipinos Do you know enough about our country s bagong bayani ?

BSP confident remittances to grow 5% despite August setback

Oct 17, 2015 - 3:01 PM

I believe remittances will continue to be stable at around 5 for 2015 BSP deputy governor Diwa Guinigundo says

INCREASED OFW REMITTANCES. Filipinos overseas are expected to send more money for their families here in the Philippines this quarter in preparation for the Christmas holidays. Shutterstock photo

OFW advocate Susan Ople seeks senatorial seat

Oct 16, 2015 - 9:50 AM

This will be the first OFW driven national campaign Ople says

Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Manual aims to streamline gov't services for OFWs

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:43 AM

The Joint Manual of Operations highlights roles and responsibilities of government agencies in serving overseas Filipinos

Fury over DOLE’s decision in ex-labor attache's case

Aug 16, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz says complainants could still appeal the decision by the DOLE panel

POEA-accredited jobs await in new job-listing site

Aug 16, 2015 - 12:46 PM

To ensure security for job seekers OFWguru only accepts POEA licensed employment agencies to post their job listings

The OEC is here to stay, OFWs in HK told

Aug 16, 2015 - 11:39 AM

POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac says plans are underway to fully implement the online application system for Overseas Employment Certificates in Hong Kong

LONG LINES. OFWs line up in Hong Kong for their Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). Photo by Daisy CL Mandap/The SUN-HK

'Recruiter's responsibility doesn't end after deployment' – POEA

Aug 13, 2015 - 8:00 PM

POEA Director Robert Larga says that recruitment agencies need to constantly monitor the situation of the worker